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Excerpted from the South Africa Career Guide

South Africa is a middle-income, emerging country with a wealth of natural resources, and well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy and transport sectors. Its stock exchange is the largest in Africa.

However, unemployment remains stubbornly high, and economic problems inherited from the apartheid era, including poverty, lack of economic empowerment among disadvantaged groups and a shortage of public transportation, still exist.

Employment Outlook

Increased confidence among the country’s employers is creating job growth in South Africa. Employers are optimistic in all sectors and all regions of the country, according to human resources firm Manpower Group.

Online job advertising has recently increased 11 percent, the highest in four years, according to the CareerJunction Index, which analyzes supply and demand in South Africa’s online job market.

Areas of Job Promise

The government has developed a list of the top 100 skills in greatest demand in South Africa. The vast majority of these are in science and technology, with 13 of the top 20 in engineering. Other occupations with large number of vacancies include various types of management, technicians, artisans, math and science teachers, and IT professionals.

Foreign nationals with the appropriate skills and qualifications may apply for these positions.

Jobs in Greatest Demand

According to a survey conducted by ManpowerGroup, the ten jobs in greatest demand include:

  1. Skilled trades
  2. Engineers
  3. Secretaries, administrative assistants and office staff
  4. Accounting and finance professionals
  5. Teachers
  6. Drivers
  7. Production and machine operators
  8. Restaurant and hotel staff
  9. Sales representatives
  10. Purchasing and procurement staff

Salaries

Salaries are likely to rise from 8 to 15 percent for local workers in South Africa, but will likely remain static for expat workers, according to recruiting firm Robert Walters.

Wage growth in South Africa has typically been the strongest for engineers, project managers, medical personnel, artisans and IT professionals. This year, accountants are also likely to see some of the highest salary increases in the country.

    This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete South Africa Guide.



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